Majority of the market share of the auto industry is captured by luxurious and spacious SUVs and Crossovers. In recent times, the market of crossovers has seen a considerable growth in the local market. All these premium vehicles eat up the market share of sedans and hatchbacks. But, apart from this, certain people still admire the presence of compact sedan and hatchbacks in the market. The entry of Hyundai – i20 Cross Sport is already making a powerful debut in Philippines and offering cutting edge features. It will be premiered at the inauguration of Hyundai's state-of-art, Eco friendly and high-tech Hyundai Logistics Center (HLC). The i20 Cross Sport is Hyundai's take on giving users a diverse experience by blending the comfort and styling of a hatchback and mazing capabilities of a crossover. The all-new Hyundai i20 cross sport will be available in two engine choices – a 1.4-litre Kappa gasoline engine with Dual MPI and Variable Intake system, mated with a 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual transmission which produces an impressive 100hp of peak power and 133Nm torque. The second choice is a diesel variant with 1.4-litre U2 CRDi engine that generates 90 hp of maximum power and 220 Nm of peak torque. It is coupled with a 6-speed manual transmission. The new rugged and athletic crossover doesn't loose on the style of Hyundai. The i20 Cross Sport silhouette is manufactured on Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 platform. It comes with dynamic front fascia with hexagonal front grille surrounded by chrome highlights, sleek headlights and dynamic diamond-cut 16-inch alloy wheels. All together these upbringings enhance the overall look and design. Inside the beast, innovative gadgetry and lavish amenities take you to the next level of driving experience.
Hyundai claims that the i20 cross sport has been engineered to deliver decent mileage in the range of 17.19 Kmpl (as per ARAI certification). Its diesel versions are fitted with a 1.4-litre U2 CRDi drive-train. This mill is capable to give out a minimum of 16 Kmpl on city roads, which goes up to a maximum of 21.19 Kmpl on highways. Moreover, the 6-speed gearbox makes the long journeys economical as well, returning about 21.1 km/l at an average speed of 94 km/h.
The second generation U2 1.4 diesel engine churns out a maximum power of 90PS and a peak torque of 220 Nm while the 1.2 petrol engine produces 83 PS of power output and 114 Nm of peak torque, the diesel version comes mated to a six-speed transmission while the petrol comes mated to a five-speed manual unit.
The automaker is dedicated to provide amazing and improved acceleration to its customers. They claim that certain improvements have been done with the compression ratio of its diesel power-train to improve car's acceleration. This helps it to achieve a top speed mark of 180 Kmph and takes just 11.9 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100 Kmph. However, the petrol motor didn't go through any update and gets mated to a five speed manual gearbox. It takes 13.2 seconds to reach 100 Kmph, achieving a top speed of 170 Kmph.
The i20 Cross Sport has an intimidating front facade that comes with a hexagonal shaped radiator grille covered under black colored strips. It is embodied in the bumper that has a dual tone finish and fitted with a pair of round shaped fog lamps along with an aluminum nudge guard. On the upper part, small air intake section embedded with the company's logo is present. Surrounding this is the swept-back design headlight cluster featuring projector headlamps along with stylish LED DRLs. Its side profile looks sportier as it comes decorated with black colored protective strips. Although it is a compact crossover, it has a silhouette of an SUV owing to its high ground clearance and dual tone fenders along with aluminium roof rails. The rear side of the vehicle comes with sleek taillight cluster featuring LED third brake light that bring an extra chrome accent to the design. The windscreen too has a concave structure featuring a stylish spoiler along with a high mount third brake light. The rear bumper looks a bit rugged, as it comes assembled with a black coloured cladding along with an aluminium lower cladding and reflectors as well.
The i20 cross sport has a total length of 3995 mm and a decent width of 1760 mm. It stands at a height of 1525 mm with an impressive ground clearance of 190 mm. It also has also got longer wheelbase of 2570 mm.
Unlike most of the vehicle in its class, i20 cross sport come with a variety of color choices like blue and tangerine orange color inserts that gives an exclusive look to the interiors. At the same time, there are a lot of metallic and chrome accents given inside the cabin that enhances the cabin design. However, the dashboard looks much alike to the i20 hatchback, but the center console and instrument cluster gets much more sharp design. The steering wheel has an attractive three spoke design with all the audio and call connectivity buttons mounted on it. There is a large and advanced supervision instrument cluster that has conventional dials and illumination, available in top end variants. The seats are extremely comfortable and cozy as they are covered with good quality upholstery featuring amazing contrast orange or blue stitching. Undoubtedly, the magnificent interior design of this compact crossover will mesmerize the passengers the moment they move into the car.
The i20 Cross Sport base variant comes with functions such as door map pockets, front passenger seat back pocket, rear parcel tray, dual trip meter, tachometer and a digital clock. In addition to this, it also gets features like adjustable front head restraints, front center console with armrest, power windows, manually operated air conditioning unit, motor driven electric power steering and glove box cooling that boost the comfort level. The company is offering it with aspects including clutch foot rest, passenger vanity mirror, ticket holder, accessory power outlet, battery saver, internally adjustable outside mirrors, and lane change indicator. Its mid-range variants gets an electrically adjustable outside mirrors, luggage lamp, front map lamp, height adjustable driver's seat and a sunglass holder. The SX trim has features such as leather wrapped steering wheel, advanced supervision instrument cluster, 60:40 split foldable rear seat, push button start/stop function and a fully automatic air conditioning unit with cluster ionizer. It also gets a tilt and telescopic steering wheel that adjoins with parking sensors to provide valuable assistance to the driver.
The i20 cross sport is designed to accommodate five passengers with ease. It offers ample leg space along with decent shoulder and head room in order to assure a comfortable journey. It comes with 285 litres of boot space, which can be further increased by folding the rear seats.
The i20 Cross Sport is available in two engine choices. The 1.4-litre CRDi turbo diesel engine is capable to churn out a maximum power of 90 PS and 220 Nm of torque, whereas the Petrol engine i.e. the 1.4-litre Kappa engine produces 100 PS of peak power and 133 Nm of peak torque. It is mated to six speed manual transmission. It is engineered to provide smooth driving experience on all-terrain.
The i20 cross sport gets a superior 2-DIN music system featuring an FM player along with several connectivity ports like AUX-In and USB. For the base version, there is also an in-built memory of 1-GB, especially to store more than 100 audio files. Additionally, there are speakers across the cabin which delivers exceptional sound output. For the mid and top variants, audio streaming and connectivity of calls is available. At the same time, it also gets a CD player along with audio control switches mounted on steering wheel. It allows the consumers to personalize the vehicle from both inside and out with a lot of styling elements. There is enough space in the cabin to decorate it further with leather seat covers, along with floor mats.
The base version of i20 cross sport comes with a sturdy set of 15-inch clean silver alloy wheels as a standard feature. The rims are embraced with 185/65 R15 sized tubeless tyres for better grip on roads. Its mid and top end variants come with standard 16-inch diamond cut alloy wheels. The rims are covered with high performance tubeless radials, which offers superior grip on any almost any terrain.
i20 cross sport gets a reliable and durable braking mechanism and a high suspension mechanism. Its front wheels are paired to a sturdy set of disc brakes and the rear ones are paired to conventional set of drum brakes. Apart from the base trim, the upper variants have an anti-lock braking system, which provides a skid-free driving experience, especially on slippery roads. On the other hand, its front axle is coupled to a McPherson strut, whereas the rear axle is fitted with a coupled torsion beam type of mechanism. In addition to these, both these axles are fitted with coil springs, which further reinforces the mechanism. The automaker has also incorporated it with a highly proficient motor driven electric power assisted steering facility that makes handling simpler even in peak traffic conditions.
This compact crossover is built with premium material and structure in order to sustain severe external damage at critical areas and impact protection beams, which enhances the safety of its occupants in case of any accident. Its base variant has functions like central locking facility, smart pedal, day/night inside rear view mirror, escort function headlamps, dual horn, and key-less entry with foldable key. Additionally, it also has an advanced engine immobilizer that works like an anti-theft device and prevents any unauthorized access into the vehicle. Apart from these, the mid-range has aspects like rear defogger, electrochromic inside rear view mirror, impact sensing auto door unlock, front fog lamps and driver airbag. Moreover, it also has a rear parking sensors and a camera with display on electro-chromic mirror.
1. High ground clearance
2. Power and acceleration of diesel mill is good
3. Amazing comfort functions
4. Innovative parking assistance package with sensors.
1. Lacks EBD
2. Expensive price range
3. Fuel economy is not satisfactory
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